“1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. 5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. 6 Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord. 7 All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you; they will be accepted as offerings on my altar, and I will adorn my glorious temple. 8 “Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests? 9 Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.
10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion. 11 Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations— their kings led in triumphal procession.
18 No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. 19 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. 20 Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. 21 Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.
To better understand how Christians help renew God’s creation and usher in his kingdom as they integrate their faith and work.
Through the Rise campaign Redeemer is laying out its vision for the next ten years. Therefore, our current sermon series is taking a closer look at our core values and overarching vision, which is: As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, the world. An essential aspect of this vision is the integration of a Christian’s faith with her work. While it is possible to separate one’s faith from one’s work, the Bible shows how the gospel changes everything, including how Christians do their work. As the gospel renews hearts, communities, and the world, it affects how people see their work and allows them to use their gifts not merely for personal advancement but as a way to help create human flourishing.
Goal for this section: To better understand how the glory of God shines in a world of darkness.
In verse 2, Isaiah writes about the thick darkness of sin that covers all people on earth. What is it about sin that affects every culture’s ability to create a society that pursues truth and goodness? What are some practical examples where darkness manifests itself in our own culture?
In the midst of this darkness, the glory of the Lord rises over the earth (vv. 1, 2). In verses 3 through 11, what types of people are attracted to this light, and why? As they come, what do they bring?
Goal for this section: To see how work not done in service to God ultimately leads to more brokenness and hurt.
Goal for this section: To consider and discuss the role that Christians can play in God’s renewal of all things.
In verses 18 to 21, it becomes clear that Isaiah is not speaking of an earthly city but is instead looking forward to the new heavens and new earth that Christ will establish when he returns. What clues in these verses point to this eternal city? How will this city be radically different from cities today?
Isaiah 60 gives us a view of the culmination of God’s plan for human work that began with his creation mandate to Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28, 2:15). In this chapter, the fruits of our work are seen streaming into the new heavens and new earth, giving glory to God. How does knowing your work is part of God’s ultimate story change how you approach your work today?